Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Programme

Admission Requirements

Subject to the provisions of the University-wide regulations governing the admission of candidates into the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programme, applicants seeking admission into the Ph.D. degree programme of the Department of English Language and Literature will be required to meet the following conditions:

i. They should possess a Master’s degree in English Language or Literature obtained from Nnamdi Azikiwe University or any approved university.

ii. Applicants who possess the qualifications stated in (i) above will be expected to have scored an FCGPA of not less than 3.5 (5 point scale) in the course work leading to the award of their master’s degree.

iii. Candidates who hold qualifications other than (i) above acceptable to the University may be considered upon confirmation of the equivalence of such qualifications.

iv. To proceed further with the programme, candidates admitted into the Ph.D. programme should work out with their nominated supervisors, within the first year of their admission, a proposal around their chosen topics. The candidates will, in addition, be required to defend the said proposal at the departmental postgraduate panel. This serves as a pre-condition for proceeding to independent research in their chosen areas of study.

v. Scheme of Study

The candidate would be required to take a minimum of 9 credits and a maximum of 12 credits in the courses approved for his/her programme.

Full-time Ph.D. Degree Programme (Language Stress)

1st Year First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credit

Remark

ENG 601

Studies in Language

3

Compulsory

ENG 691

Doctoral Seminar I

Audit

Compulsory

ENG 693

Advanced Research Methodology & Bibliographic Studies

3

Compulsory

1st Year Second Semester

ENG 692

Doctoral Seminar II

Audit

Compulsory

ENG 694

Advanced Studies Syntax and Semantics

3

Elective

ENG 695

Further Studies in Phonology of English

3

Elective

2nd Year

ENG 696

Ph. D. Dissertation

12

Compulsory

3rd Year

 

Completion of the Ph.D. Dissertation/Vica Voce

 

Compulsory

 

Part-time Ph.D Degree Programme (Language Stress)

1st Year First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credit

Remark

ENG 601

Studies in Language

3

Compulsory

ENG 693

Advanced Research Methodology & Bibliographic Studies

3

Compulsory

1st Year Second Semester

ENG 694

Advanced Studies Syntax and Semantics

3

Elective

ENG 695

Further Studies in Phonology of English

3

Elective

2nd Year First Semester

ENG 691

Doctoral Seminar I

Audit

Compulsory

2nd Year Second Semester

ENG 692

Doctoral Seminar II

Audit

Compulsory

3rd Year

ENG 696

Ph. D. Dissertation

12

Compulsory

4th Year

 

Completion of the Ph.D. Dissertation/Vica Voce

 

Compulsory

Full-time Ph.D. Degree Programme (Literature Stress)

1st Year First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credit

Remark

ENG 602

Methods and Techniques of Critical Discourse

3

Compulsory

ENG 662

World Literature in English

3

Compulsory

ENG 691

Doctoral Seminar I

Audit

Compulsory

1st Year Second Semester

ENG 652

Literature and Ideas

3

Compulsory

ENG 663

Main Currents in African Literature

3

Compulsory

ENG 692

Doctoral Seminar II

Audit

Compulsory

2nd Year

ENG 696

Ph. D. Dissertation

12

Compulsory

3rd Year

 

Completion of the Ph.D Dissertation/Vica Voce

 

Compulsory

Part-time Ph.D. Degree Programme (Literature Stress)

1st Year First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credit

Remark

ENG 602

Methods and Techniques of Critical Discourse

3

Compulsory

ENG 662

World Literature in English

3

Compulsory

1st Year Second Semester

ENG 652

Literature and Ideas

3

Compulsory

ENG 663

Main Currents in African Literature

3

Compulsory

2nd Year First Semester

ENG 691

Doctoral Seminar I

Audit

Compulsory

2nd Year Second Semester

ENG 692

Doctoral Seminar II

Audit

Compulsory

3rd Year

ENG 696

Ph. D. Dissertation

12

Compulsory

3rd Year

 

Completion of the Ph.D. Dissertation/Vica Voce

  

Duration

i. The Full time Ph.D Programme would run for a minimum of six semesters, and a maximum of eight semesters.

ii. The Part-time Ph.D Programme would run for a minimum of eight semesters and a maximum of ten semesters.

Any alteration of the above time schedules can only be made by special written permission of the Faculty Board of Studies and the Postgraduate Programme Committee.

Dissertation

Completed dissertations in respect of the Ph.D. Degree should be submitted at least four months before the stipulated completion date which should correspond to the date of the viva voce.

Viva Voce

Candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in English will be required to defend their dissertation at viva voce before a panel of examiners consisting of:

a. the Chairman, Board of Examiners (Dean, School of Post graduate Studies)

b. an External Examiner

c. the Head of Department

d. the Candidates’ Supervisor, etc.